IND-A vs ENG-A, 2019: 3rd Unofficial ODI: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips

India A vs England Lions, 2019: 3rd Unofficial ODI: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Will KL Rahul play the 3rd unofficial ODI between India A and England Lions?

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India A continued to roll over the visiting England Lions who are comprised of quite a few less experienced players compared to that of the home team. The Ajinkya Rahane-led side won the second game by a huge 138-run margin. Hanuma Vihari and Rahane scored 92 and 91 respectively and shared a 181-run 2nd wicket partnership. Shreyas Iyer’s 47-ball 65 towards the end powered their total to 303/6 in 50 overs.

The England Lions kept losing wickets in the big chase and collapsed to just 165. The 3rd game of the series will be the last for the skipper Ajinkya Rahane who scored fifties in both matches. However, the two knocks failed to make a big impression as both of them coming under a strike-rate of 80. KL Rahul has been to India A squad for the last three matches. He was axed from the tour of Australia and New Zealand following his comments on a television show along with Hardik Pandya.

Match Details:

The third game of the 5-match Unofficial ODI series between India A and England Lions will be hosted by Greenfield Stadium in Karyavattom, Trivandrum.

The match starts at 9:00 AM local (IST) time (3:30 AM GMT).

This series won’t be broadcasted or streamed due to conflicting with the ongoing Ranji Trophy semi-final that began on 24th January.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Greenfield Stadium managed to produce some good One-Day match tracks. The first game witnessed a 280+ run-chase while visiting team crumbled in the second after conceding a big total. Once again, a pitch of 275+ scores can be seen at this venue that slows down as the game progresses.

Average 1st innings score: 231 (List A matches)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1 (List A matches)

Probable Playing XI:

India A:

Ajinkya Rahane (C), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne/Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (WK), Axar Patel, Mayank Markande, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Chahar/Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini.

Bench – Anmolpreet Singh, Rituraj Gaekwad, Jayant Yadav.

Note: Navdeep Saini could finally get a game ahead of ineffective Chahar and Shardul. KL Rahul might directly come into the playing XI if he joins the team in advance.

England Lions:

Alex Davies (Wk), Ben Duckett, Sam Hain, Sam Billings (C), Ollie Pope, Will Jacks, Lewis Gregory, Matthew Carter, Danny Briggs, Jamie Overton, James Porter/Zak Chappell.

Bench – Dominic Bess, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Moores.

Note: Dominic Bess failed to pick a wicket in both matches and even conceded a lot of runs. Matthew Carter could feature ahead him.

Availability and Injury News:

KL Rahul has been added to the squad and could feature in the 3rd unofficial ODI. Krunal Pandya did not feature in the 2nd ODI and there is a possibility of him catching up an injury during the first match.

Power Picks:

Shreyas Iyer has 1011 runs from 28 List A innings for India A which have come at an average of 37.44 only. His record would be even worse if the last six innings were removed where he scored 313 runs with four fifties. This series is quite important for Iyer for making a return to the Indian team.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane are perfect for captain and vice-captain options. KL Rahul hasn’t been in greatest of confidence and doesn’t warrant a big knock. Sam Hain can be trusted despite his recent failures. The likes of Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory and Axar Patel can be alternatives for multipliers.

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Alex Davies

Batsmen – Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Hanuma Vihari (VC), Sam Billings, Will Jacks

All-Rounders – Axar Patel, Lewis Gregory

Bowlers – Mayank Markande, S Kaul, Jamie Porter

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Ishan Kishan

Batsmen – Will Jacks, Shreyas Iyer, Sam Hain (C), KL Rahul (VC), Sam Billings

All-Rounders – Axar Patel, Lewis Gregory

Bowlers – Mayank Markande, Navdeep Saini, Jamie Porter


Expert Advice:

India A has swapped roles of Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari in the 2nd game. However, it did not reduce Iyer’s efficiency in the game but did help Vihari to excel. Their batting positions can make a difference at selecting a captain and vice-captain role. Iyer has to be captain if he gets the No.3 position and the same for Vihari who offers a spin bowling option as well.

Probable Winners:

India A is expected to clinch the Unofficial series by winning their 3rd straight game against the England Lions.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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